Ever since my mother-in-law showed me her knitted birdhouses I have been intrigued by knitting. I find it quite fascinating how two needles and some yarn can create a plethora of hand-made goods from checkerboards to handbags and everything in between.
It was Christmas when I was given my first set of needles and a ball of beautifully variegated blue yarn. My first project was a scarf using one simple stitch, the garter stitch, repeated at least 32 times before a new row began. It was knit to length, or in my case when I ran out of yarn.
My next project was a dishcloth for my Mom for mother’s day. This project incorporated a new stitch, the purl, in combination with the garter stitch. This time I used a ball of cotton yarn, and a slippery pair of metal size seven needles. It was quite fun to see the pattern emerge as I got farther and farther.
My latest finished project has been nesting boxes for my sister’s new baby. They have been by far the most fun and challenging. The sides and bottom of the boxes are knitted and supported by a plastic mesh then lined with fabric.
If you are a newbie like me, and are interested in learning to knit, I would suggest hooking up with a good knitting store (maybe take some classes) or learn from a friend or family member. Youtube also has some helpful videos in learning new stitches/casting on/ casting off.
Here are a few books and websites that I have found quite helpful:
Ravelry – a great place to find patterns
KnitPicks – for finding knitting supplies